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Action needed to get UMB bills passed, Chancellor search info, and a Mt. Ida update


Dear Colleague,

We hope you will attend the Senate Oversight Committee meeting about the Mount Ida purchase at the State House today, from 12 to 3 pm in the Gardner Auditorium.  If you cannot attend, please send your thoughts to the State Senator:  There are various proposals to help UMB.  Please call your State Senator this week: 

►Call Your Senator this week to help UMB!  Find your senator's name and phone number online here and ask them to support the following (see here for further details).   

Budget Amendment ID: FY2019-S4-273

EDU 273

UMass Boston Centers and Institutes:  are provided funding no less than in fiscal year 2018 (this current academic year), and asks for reporting and provisions to mitigate harm should any cuts be made.  (See attached for further information). 

Budget Amendment ID: FY2019-S4-274

EDU 274

Provides to UMass Boston Supplemental funds of $3 million to reduce the deficit for this academic year. 

Budget Amendment ID: FY2019-S4-323

EDU 306

Increases UMass (Systemwide) funding by $15.4 million. 

Budget Amendment ID: FY2019-S4-315

EDU 315

Establishes a Special Commission on UMass Boston Debt to investigate UMass Boston’s infrastructure debt, gather reports and records of these, and assess the impact of the original infrastructure debt on the current operations at UMB, including the amount of money needed to correct all deficient construction-related activities caused by the initial construction of the campus that then will be reimbursed, paid off or assumed by the Commonwealth instead of by UMass Boston. 

►Participate in the Chancellor Search by attending the meetings, today and tomorrow at 2 pm (for presentations by candidates) in the Alumni Room, Campus Center.  (The open meetings that allow for more questions and answers are at 4 pm).  

►We have been asked to email you to continue to gather signatures for the attached statement about our Urban Mission that will be presented to the three finalists in the Chancellor search and President Meehan from faculty who desire a new Chancellor who will be unequivocally committed to this mission  If you are willing to sign this, please email (indicate if you are faculty, staff or student). 

UPDATE: The Attorney General approved the Mt. Ida deal. See here for more.  

Marlene Kim

FSU President

Professor, Economics

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